Ranked as one of the Top 10 cities in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Asia’ list in 2016, Ipoh, the capital city of Perak has plenty of charm and old-school nostalgia juxtaposed against hipster cafes, street art, and trendy boutique hotels. In 2017, Perak was voted as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions for Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel, a testament to the state’s allure. Historically a tin mining city, Ipoh is typically favored as a stopover for day trips on the way up north to Penang. Today, this city is beginning to attract holidaymakers looking for a short escape to experience the natural hot springs, limestone caves, outdoor activities, and a taste of the famous Ipoh chicken rice. If you’re feeling adventurous, venture further to the surrounding towns of Taiping, Kampar, and Pangkor Island to explore what they have to offer.